Conditional startup in Nintex Workflow

When creating a workflow you have by default three startup options; you can choose to start the workflow when an item is created, when modified, or start the workflow manually.

If you use Nintex Workflow you can also choose to schedule the start of a workflow. This last option is often used for workflows that update lists.

When creating a workflow that starts if an item is modified you sometimes don't want that the workflow runs on a modification.
If a user temporarily saves a SharePoint item as he would do with a Word or Excel document this could trigger the workflow unnecessarily.

To prevent the accidently running of a workflow on modification you can add a conditional startup to the workflow. This condition is first checked before the workflow is started.

Select the Workflow Settings menu and from the choice field Start when items are modified select Conditional.
Select Conditional Startup

Select the fields that need to be evaluated to start the workflow. In our example we used an True / False field that was set by a button.
The users clicks on the button ready for publication to set the field to Yes, triggering the workflow to be started.
Field that the conditional startup  needs to check
The use of Conditional Startup in Nintex Workflow makes it easier to create workflows with the start on modification option and minimizes the unwanted starting of workflows.

If you liked this article be sure to have a look at Nintex Workflow User's Guide for more tips, tricks and hands-on assignments.

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